Johnny Manziel has come clean about receiving payments for autographs while at Texas A&M.
The former college football star told Barstool Sports Thursday that he "made somewhat of a decent living" by making two separate deals in 2013 that totaled $33,000. But Manziel added he "never took a dollar" until after earning the Heisman Trophy in 2012.
"We're doing it all sneaky, we don't want to get caught, we're trying to learn from everybody else who's got caught," Manziel said. "And I may or may not have gone back to this guy's condo and signed probably 10,000 pieces. He gave me $3,000."
Manziel also said a second individual approached him, and that person told the quarterback he'd been "ripped off" in the first transaction and could connect him with someone who could pay him $30,000 for autographs.
"So this guy is like, 'All right, go to this room at the Fontainebleau. All this stuff will be in there laid out, and when you're done, just send me a picture of all of it, I'll give you the code to the safe. The money will be in there,'" Manziel said.
The NCAA investigated claims ahead of the 2013 campaign that Manziel accepted money for signing autographs but ultimately found no evidence for the allegation.
The signal-caller was suspended for the first half of the Aggies' 2013 season opener for violating a rule prohibiting student-athletes from permitting their names or likenesses to be used for commercial purposes.
When asked if he was concerned about the NCAA stripping his Heisman from him for his admission, Manziel said, "Take my f------ 9-4 season away and my Chick-fil-A Bowl against Duke."
The Cleveland Browns picked Manziel in the first round in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he was released after two tumultuous seasons. He has since played in the Canadian Football League and the indoor Fan Controlled League.